Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (1997)
“Didn’t we almost have it almost have it almost have it almost…”
– Sleater-Kinney, Jenny
I find stories of ‘almost’ attaining something incredibly compelling.
When marking exams/final projects at this time of year, a vintage hockey game I inevitably put on as background noise? Game 3 of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Canada almost wins it all before it all falls apart at the end.
The Great Gatsby is quickly becoming an annual re-read, with the title character almost having it all before…
My favourite Whitney Houston song? The rhetorically titled, Didn’t We Almost Have it All.
Preferred Adele song? Rolling in the Deep, featuring the recurring line, “They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.”
Maybe I keep re-reading/re-watching/re-listening, hoping it will somehow end differently for the protagonists?
Given all of the above, unsurprisingly, Dig Me Out‘s closing track, Jenny, featuring the post-opening “almost have it” quote, quickly climbed my list of “Jen” songs.
Dig Me Out almost has it all for me.
On my Windsor drive, the CD provided a welcome boost of energy, I quite like the efficient & effective song structures.
It’s an album where the lyrics matter and Sleater-Kinney certainly caught and kept my attention.
Alas, I had one listening issue that took away from the experience, chances are my low-budget car stereo is to blame.
On a few tracks, when the lead vocals hit a high octave with some vibrato, the lyrics became harder to decipher and the audio became, to borrow a Black Crowes tune, hard to handle.
For example, on the title track, I absolutely devoured the magnificent low register bridge, “you got me, for now,” but then turned the volume down/played with the audio levels when the chorus returned.
Like I said, it’s likely a stereo limitation on my part, but it kept me from fully embracing the album.
But maybe that makes Sleater-Kinney all the more compelling?
I’ll certainly keep going back to re-listen to see if things will end differently.